Everyday Mom's Meals: Ground Beef Overload

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ground Beef Overload

All of you have heard me say that we are so incredibly lucky to always have a side of beef (and various other meats too) in our deep freezer. There was a day we weren't as lucky and I remember the cost of buying meat each week, and it wasn't cheap. And with a growing boy to feed, our family, even though there are only 3 of us, goes through a lot of meat! Last month, just as we were nearing the end of our supply it was time for another cow to be butchered and we were once again bringing home enough meat to fill our chest freezer to the brim once again. Each time we "refill" alongside the roasts and steaks, there is always an abundance of hamburger. Package after package, it is definitely what we end up with the most. So when I know there are more than enough packages to go around, I start to come up with as many recipes as I can using ground beef. Let's face it, it's kind of the "go-to" meat for busy moms. From burgers and sloppy joes, to casseroles and tacos, there are an infinite possibilities to what a mom with hungry eyes staring at her can do with a pound of ground beef. These sandwiches are a great new twist on a classic loose meat (basically a sloppy joe without the sloppy) and are just as easy to make. They would also be terrific cut into smaller portions for a tailgate party! If you have ground beef "coming out of your ears" too, maybe I just helped you use some it!!

Cheesy Hot Beef Sandwiches Adapted from Pillsbury
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 small green bell pepper, finely diced
8 oz. Cheddar-Monterey Jack Cheese
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 envelope French onion soup mix
1/4 c. water
1 large loaf French bread
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. In a large skillet, brown beef seasoned with salt and pepper until no longer pink. Drain if necessary. Return to skillet. Add green pepper, parsley, water and soup mix. Stir well to combine. Add cheese a little at at time allowing it to melt and combine. Cut bread lengthwise. Carefully remove inner part of both halves, leaving 1/2 inch around edges. (Basically make 2 bread "boats".) Carefully spoon meat mixture into both halves, pressing down. Gently flip top half onto bottom and wrap in double layer of foil. Place on baking sheet and cook 20-25 minutes. Cut into sections to serve.

Shared on Make Ahead Meals Oct. 22, 2012
Shared on Mandy's Recipe Box Oct.  23, 2012
Shared on Lady Behind The Curtain Oct. 24, 2012
Shared on Miz Helen's Country Cottage Oct. 25, 2012
Shared on The Country Cook Oct. 26, 2012

Ground Beef at Very Good Recipes
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The Mandatory Mooch said...

These look delicious!! I would love for you to link up to my Tasty Thursdays party at The Mandatory Mooch going on right now. Thanks, Nichi

Miz Helen said...

Hi Krista,
This is a great recipe that we will really enjoy! Have a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen